Karen Ranney’s “Tapestry” stole my heart. This is romance at its finest, a beautifully written love story. Ranney delivers a coup in strategy. As the author wrote her story, she divided it into two books. Book one is the rekindling of youthful love, the acceptance, the joy, the discovery. Book two is a heart wrenching journey through the seven stages of grief. The reader walks with the heroine into the pit of despair. But in the end, the story becomes a phoenix and rises from the ashes of grief. In the opening pages, the author inscribes, “Laughter can follow tears.” Amen.
Laura Blake was a lonely intelligent child, and in love with her neighbor, Dixon Alexander Weston. Ten years older, Alex was Laura’s knight in shining armor. Her friend, her confident, and her fantasy. Alex went away to war, to serve England – his duty, his honor, his courage. Years pass and he returns to his childhood home – a disfigured, lonely man. His desire is to remain in seclusion. Laura interferes and skillfully draws her hero away from his misery and loneliness. Together they share one year in paradise, but England calls again -- his duty, his honor, his courage.
A mesmerizing romance filled with emotion, torment, and triumph. Memories will linger with the reader long after they turn the final page. This was Karen Ranney’s first-published book, and what an entry into the field of romance. “Tapestry” is a very special love story, a book that will never leave my keeper shelf. Out of print, very hard to find, but what a story.
- Rating: A (they don’t come much better).
- Sensuality: The Ultimate.